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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

fibr(o)-

Fibres.

[Latin fibra, fibre.]

The names of many medical conditions contain this form. Examples are fibrosis, the thickening and scarring of connective tissue, usually because of injury; fibrositis, an inflammation of fibrous connective tissue, typically causing back pain; fibrillation, the uncoordinated contraction of muscle fibres in the heart, giving rise to an irregular and inefficient heartbeat; a fibroid is a fibrous growth in the uterus; a fibroma is a benign tumour of connective tissue. In geology, fibrolite is a variety of sillimanite, a felted fibrous mass of small crystals.

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